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THEO SMIT SIBINGA

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Period

02-09-1899 - 14-08-1958

Genre

componist, contemporary classical music

Biography Theo Smit Sibinga

Theo Smit Sibinga was born on September 2, 1899 in Bandung, Java and he died on August 14, 1958 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. He studied violoncello with Bertrand Drilsma, Marnix Loevensohn and Gerard Hekking. In 1921 he received a diploma for violoncello from the Dutch Music Pedagogical Society. During leaves ...
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Biography Theo Smit Sibinga

1899 - 1958

Theo Smit Sibinga was born on September 2, 1899 in Bandung, Java and he died on August 14, 1958 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

He studied violoncello with Bertrand Drilsma, Marnix Loevensohn and Gerard Hekking. In 1921 he received a diploma for violoncello from the Dutch Music Pedagogical Society. During leaves in The Netherlands he took lessons in piano, theory of music and composition with Ary Belinfante and Cornelis Dopper.

From 1921 until 1946 he worked in Indonesia. At first as a cellist, but after an operation on his left hand he had to give up his performing career. He was an art critic for the Surabaia Trade Journal from 1925 till 1928 and then he worked for the Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij (Batavia Petrol Company). During this period he was a conductor of several choirs and orchestras. He was a Japanese prisoner of war from 1942 until 1945 and he evacuated for health reasons to The Netherlands in 1946. In 1954 he was appointed assistant manager at the Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam.

During the Japanese invasion of Indonesia all his belongings, including manuscripts, were lost. In the course of his captivity he composed 'Kantjil-Fantasie' and 'Indische Nocturne no. 3' for orchestra. This last work was first performed in New York with the conductor Arturo Toscanini. He wrote several compositions commissioned by the Dutch Government.
Smit Sibinga received prizes for '2me Quatuor à cordes', 'Suite' for flute and piano, 'Toccata' for harpsichord and 'Trio' for strings.

Cornelis Dopper

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